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Sep 17, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Mike Fiers (50) throws to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the third inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Fiers

Mike Fiers is an interesting case going into the 2015 season.

Fiers was called up in the month of June and appeared in four games for Milwaukee during the month.  Mike came out of the bullpen, and Milwaukee lost all four of the games he appeared in.  Fiers posted a 0-1 record in those four appearances.

He was then sent back to Triple-A Nashville, and called back up to the Brewers again in August, this time to take a spot in the starting rotation.  His second trip to the majors in 2014 went a tad better.

Fiers started out this stint hot, posting a 4-1 record and a 1.80 ERA in the month of August.

Mike was making a name of himself during this call up to the big leagues; at least until the game against the Miami Marlins.  That was the game where Fiers inadvertently struck Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton in the face with a pitch.  Without giving the details of the gruesome injury, Stanton was taken off in a Miller Park ambulance, and did not play the rest of the year.

This obviously shook Mike Fiers.  It showed during his interviews following the incident, and his play on the field.

Fiers lost his last three starts of the season, and many speculated hitting Stanton was at the root of it all.

Mike has had months to help deal with the incident, so it’s hard to imagine that it would still impact the way he pitches entering spring training.  But then again I’m just a dude who writes about the sport he plays and has no idea what that would actually be like.

As fans, all we can do is hope the Fiers is ready to go come March and April, because if he can continue where he left off in August, there is no telling how far his success could go.

We are all hoping for the August Mike Fiers, not the end of September Mike Fiers.

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